Plastic soup: Keep micro plastic fibres out of our oceans

Arguments for:

       This resolution is in keeping with the WI’s longstanding concern for sustainable marine environments and members’ tradition of taking action on issues at consumer and household level.

       This is an issue which is not currently widely understood or publicised, and is one which the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee has recommended decisive action as part of its investigation into micro plastics. The WI could help bring attention to the issue and encourage the government and industry to make it a priority.


Arguments against:

       The research into this area is still in its relative infancy – do we know enough about the issue to take action?

       This is a huge problem and would require input from a number of stakeholders, including consumer buy-in. It could also be very costly – is it achievable, and can the WI make a difference?